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Race to the Sun

By: Rebecca Roanhorse

Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he's Mr. Charles, her dad's new boss at the oil and gas company, and he's alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he's a threat, but her father won't believe her.

When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says "Run!", the siblings and Nizhoni's best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be…

Glossary of Navajo terms. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781368024662

JLG Release: Mar 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Adventure and adventurers , Monsters , Navajo Indians , Native Americans , Navajo mythology , Family life , Friendship , Fantasy and magic

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Book Details



First Release

March 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

6" x 8 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 7.2; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 1120L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


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Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence


Adventure and adventurers, Monsters, Navajo Indians, Native Americans, Navajo mythology, Family life, Friendship, Fantasy and magic,

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